Speaking about one’s death is taboo in Chinese culture, says Ti Lian Ker

Speaking about one’s death is taboo in Chinese culture, says Ti Lian Ker


PETALING JAYA,.  Speaking about one’s death is a taboo in Chinese customs and culture, said MCA spokesperson Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

In condemning Teluk Intan candidate DAP candidate Nga Kor Ming for speaking about the death of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Ti said it was wrong to claim that the Chinese are accepting of this kind of behaviour.

“By and large, Malaysian Chinese are a decent and respectful community and would never accept Nga’s scornful vulgarities and disrespect for the elderly. To talk of one’s death is a taboo, what more about a man that DAP proposed to be their Prime Minister if elected.

“To speak of the impending death of an elderly person istantamount to a curse,” he said in a statement on Monday (May 7).

The DAP leader is heard telling his audience that the DAP will use Dr Mahathir and then “he can go and join the late (former Singapore premier) Lee Kuan Yew to play mahjong”.

He also sang a line from a classic Chinese song Goodbye My Love to mark Dr Mahathir’s “departure” after the former prime minister has been used.

Nga allegedly urged the people to help the 93-year-old fulfil his wish of bringing down the Barisan Nasional government.

He claimed Lee, who passed away in 2015, was waiting for Dr Mahathir “up there” to play mahjong as he was still missing a player.

Ti added that Nga’s rude joke was unwarranted and distasteful, and that he shouldn’t claim that Malaysian Chinese were acceptable of this.

Ti said that the DAP leadership should ask Nga to apologise or reprimand him for his actions.

Nga is contesting the seat against incumbent Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, who is Gerakan president.

Nga is also standing in the Aulong state seat against Barisan’s Soo Kay Peng.

In a statement issued later on Sunday, Nga apologised for the harsh tone and language used in his speech, although he claimed that it was accepted by the Chinese.